Beirut: The Rip Tide

When Beirut, the solo project of New Mexico native Zach Condon, debuted in 2006, it was a welcome blast from some accordion-filled past. With its resounding chorus of brass orchestration and romantic images of Ye Olde Europe, the band’s debut album, Gulag Orkestar, was a refreshingly cheery introduction for the
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The Nightwatchman – World Wide Rebel Songs

Hot off the release of his last EP Union Town, Tom Morello has now given us World Wide Rebel Songs, the third LP as his political-folk alter ego, the Nightwatchman. Although the folk aspect is still dominant, Morello fuses it with his frequency-shifting electric guitar style. Backed by his Freedom
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Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks: Mirror Traffic

Stephen Malkmus, the legendary leader of Pavement, has returned with a new solo outing, Mirror Traffic. Opening with the jaunty  “Tigers,” Mirror Traffic is chock-full of the indie hooks that made Pavement the end-all-be-all of the genre. “No One (Is As I Are Be)” has a quiet, majestic quality about
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Summer: A Retrospective

Attack the Block Aliens seemed to be everywhere this summer. From the ghastly “Green Lantern,” to the gun-slinging action of “Cowboys & Aliens,” extraterrestrials invaded the summer cineplexes with a boldness befitting your typical blockbuster. Except one. “Attack the Block,” from producer Edgar Wright (director of “Shaun of the Dead”),
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Abstract Adulthood

It has been a long six years since we have seen a feature film from Miranda July, the coyly svelte poster girl of independent cinema. But in the time since her debut feature “Me and You and Everyone We Know” (2005), July has been a busy little bee, toiling away
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Detour: Salting the Lily

To personify a nation’s cuisine, Danish food is incredibly humble. Criticized as the leftover scraps of a nation’s exports manufactured for the palette of a baby, the foundation of Danish cuisine rests on secondary meat products and pre-refrigeration preservation techniques, and has an extremely brief spice spectrum. The major flavors
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Golden State of Mind

Daily Cal arts staff reflect upon the highlights of Outside Lands.

!!! (chk chk chk) This quirkily named dance-punk group from Sacramento held nothing back during their theatrical performance at the Twin Peaks stage on Sunday. Groove and chaos filled the air as there was nether a still body to be found in the wriggling crowd. !!! (pronounced “chk chk chk”
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‘One Day’ becomes a forgettable and haphazard mess

“One Day,” a tedious and plodding romantic comedy, is the cinematic equivalent of the proverbial kitchen sink.  It incorporates every single romantic comedy cliché — class differences, a dysfunctional family, an ugly duckling, a hopeless promise to preserve “the friendship,” a list of rules to help preserve said friendship and
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